Finance Manager

Nestle USA - Arlington, VA3.7

This leadership position is responsible for establishing, promoting and proactively enhancing business processes and championing a culture of business excellence as a Co-pilot to the Business Unit Manager. Provides insight and strongly supports fact-based decision making based on current business environment and specialist financial knowledge, and by challenging new strategies and new projects, as well as the status quo. Provides strategic, long-term financial guidance and partners with Marketing, Sales and other strategic business units and functions to maximize performance throughout the organization. Provides leadership by actively coaching and developing team members. Ensures cross-functional team compliance with internal, external and operational audit requirements.

The individual must be able to effectively interact, collaborate and communicate across multiple functions in the organization, cooperating and building consensus to drive results. The position will plan, prioritize and manage workload in an environment of competing priorities where risk must be accurately assessed to support and guide timely and sound business decisions.

Supports business I&R be evaluating the feasibility and performance of new products. Analyze and challenge the product portfolio and class of trade (channel) to identify cost optimization opportunities, eliminate Value Destroyers and maximize return on investment from TTS/PFME.

Ensures quality information is used by the business for decision making and exercises foresight to ensure that potential risks and opportunities are anticipated and understood. Promotes the use of external and internal information for benchmarking. Reviews monthly performance and develops appropriate action plans to ensure achievement of performance targets.

Oversees the preparation and review of business planning activities including MBS, ICP, and monthly DF ensuring coordination of activities/information across functions with the business unit to provide accurate forecasts.

Oversees activities related to the monthly financial close, review of financial statements, preparation of monthly division management performance reporting/KPI’s/scorecards and meeting corporate financial reporting requirements.

Ensure compliance in utilization of NPDI (Nestle Product Development & Introduction) and data accuracy of I&R project financials. Champion best practices and ensure standardization with other NUSA Divisions including implementation of functional tools. Act as a resource and provide training and support to the organization and Brand Co-pilots as needed.

Special Projects: Support finance and management teams with special projects as needed.

Works independently with minimal supervision

This position has one direct report but may provide direction and leadership to team members as needed.

Work directly affects decisions and management of the Division and NUSA by providing quality reporting and effective analysis of financial information.

BA/BS degree with major in Finance, Economics, Accounting or related business degree; advanced degree strongly preferred

Previous experience in Consumer Packaged Goods Company a plus.

Proficiency in use of Microsoft applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access) and accounting and reporting systems, including Essbase, SAP and B/W. Advanced expertise in Excel spreadsheets a must.

Minimum 6 years’ experience in Finance, Economics, Strategic Planning and Analysis, or related business roles. Previous Nestlé Division or Commercial Finance experience a plus, but not required, value Functional Finance experience with broad working knowledge of P&L.

Previous experience in Consumer Packaged Goods Company, particularly Food & Beverage a plus.

Strategic thought leadership; a big-picture view while executing functional requirements.

Previous management or supervisory experience or demonstrated leadership ability.

Proven knowledge of financial concepts and principles including cash flow, NPV, IRR, ROI, EP, etc.

Strong knowledge of cost accounting and activity-based costing, the Nestlé P&L with ability to understand and communicate Value Creation drivers

Good working knowledge of Nestle Accountings Standards (NAS) or International Accounting Standards (IAS)

Ideal candidate is results focused, a self-starter, naturally inquisitive, able to think independently and has a desire to make a difference

Strong financial and analytical skills coupled with comprehensive business knowledge; ability to provide meaningful insight, draw conclusions and develop actionable recommendations

Demonstrated ability to partner with cross-functional teams to drive business results; ability to influence business decisions with concrete financial support

Communicate effectively and professionally in written and verbal form, strong presentation skills at executive leadership level

Proven ability to effectively manage people, information and resources effectively in order to meet deadlines and respond to requests in a timely manner

Demonstrated ability to design financial and non-financial measurements and key performance indicators (KPI's) to drive improved business performance

Strong working knowledge of Nestle capital planning process

High level of efficiency in Excel, Essbase/SmartView, PowerPoint, proficiency in GLOBE/SAP and B/W reporting


The Nestlé Companies are equal employment and affirmative action employers and looking for diversity in qualified candidates for employment.